In 2003 the Council on Accreditation accredited the Purpose Society. Staff of the Society spent approximately 18 months examining the policies, procedures and practice of the services and programs being offered. The backdrop for the review was the Professional Practice Standards set by the Council on Accreditation. Each service area was reviewed in order to determine that our practice adhered to the highest of standards. If necessary, policies were rewritten and practice modified to ensure quality service was the outcome.

Accreditation benefits the staff of the Purpose Society, the Board of Directors, the clients of the Society and its funders. The Purpose staff are committed to the work they do. Accreditation ensures them that they are working for an organization that is recognized as achieving the highest standards of professionalism.

The clients of the Society can be assured that the staff have rigorously examined their practice to ensure that clients are well served. Accreditation allows the members of the Board of Directors to have confidence in both the organization and the performance of the staff in that the process of accreditation focuses on helping an organization grow stronger in terms of its governance, its management and its services.

Accreditation also ensures donors that they are contributing to an organization that is adhering to the highest professional standards. Donors can be confident about the organization’s credibility, integrity and achievement. Accreditation confirms that the organization has organizational and management oversight policies and practices that ensure that contributions will be used for the intended purposes and the organization will remain true to its mission and its values.

Accreditation is an objective and reliable verification that the organization qualifies for everyone’s confidence and support.